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v. in·ferred, in·fer·ring, in·fers
1. To conclude from evidence or by reasoning: "For many years the cerebral localization of all higher cognitive processes could be inferred only from the effects of brain injuries on the people who survived them" (Sally E. Shaywitz).
2. To involve by logical necessity; entail: "Socrates argued that a statue inferred the existence of a sculptor" (Academy).
3. (Usage Problem) To indicate indirectly; imply.
To draw inferences.

[Latin īnferre, to bring in, adduce : in-, in; see in-2 + ferre, to bear; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

in·fer′a·ble adj.
in·fer′a·bly adv.
in·fer′rer n.
Usage Note: Infer is sometimes confused with imply, but the distinction careful writers make between these words is a useful one. When we say that a speaker or sentence implies something, we mean that it is conveyed or suggested without being stated outright: When the mayor said that she would not rule out a business tax increase, she implied (not inferred) that some taxes might be raised. Inference, on the other hand, is the activity performed by a reader or interpreter in drawing conclusions that are not explicit in what is said: When the mayor said that she would not rule out a tax increase, we inferred that she had consulted with new financial advisers, since her old advisers favored tax reductions.


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Inferable from these statements, are many collateral subtile matters touching the chase of whales.
From the nature of what he was now doing it was inferable that the place was not so populous as its register may have shown it to be.
We know when we have a toothache, what we are thinking of, what dreams we have when we are asleep, and a host of other occurrences which we only know about others when they tell us of them, or otherwise make them inferable by their behaviour.
The Contractor shall furnish and install all materials, equipment, and labor which is reasonably and properly inferable and necessary for the proper completion of the work, whether specifically indicated in the Contract Documents or not.
1) [17], coherently with the fact that n plays just the role of the quantum number in the eigenvalues inferable via these equations only [18, 19].
Yet unlike the judge in a court of law, historians are not constrained by any laws except their method, which in most cases is anchored to the requirement that their judgements need to be reasonably connected and inferable pursuant to the evidence which they have at hand.
A kind of apotheosis of human intellect is already inferable from this systematics of approaches to truth, yet it gains much in force when considered in relation to the thesis that came to have its maximum 'Averroist' impact on the Westerners in the 13th century.
When a FABA sends out fiction, she suggests not just that the world, characters, and narrator(s) are fictitious but also that any authorial voice or values inferable from the text are not to be taken at face value, that is, for the values of the FABA.
Difficult and fundamental questions are raised when we ask whether exactions of public fines by private litigants, and the delegation of Executive power which might be inferable from the authorization, are permissible in view of the responsibilities committed to the Executive by Article II of the Constitution of the United States.
NIST documentation suggests that "[a]s the time intervals between smart meter data collection points decreases, appliance use will be inferable from overall utility usage data and other Smart Grid data with even greater accuracy.
On Wednesday, the hidden -- but inferable -- hand of the national GOP shuffled Colorado's political deck.
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